In 2017 the Bass Coast Community Foundation (BCCF) pledged support to the Energy Innovation Cooperative totaling $60,000 to underpin the Old Energy New Energy project at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.
Earlier in March the Federal Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler visited the Energy Innovation Co-op’s solar and battery array at the State Coal Mine. This installation will provide ongoing funds for community projects through the Southern CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) Fund. It is a significant milestone and something the Foundation is proud to support.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation (BCCF) is a local charitable organisation, independent of religious or political persuasion. It was established in 2002 in response to a growing need for a sustainable source of funds for community projects. The BCCF operates exclusively within the boundaries of the Bass Coast Shire and is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.
The BCCF congratulates the Energy Innovation Co-op’s achievements and alongside them celebrate the solar/battery installation of 91 kW of solar panels and 41 kWh battery storage at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi. This system will produce 127 MW of clean power per annum. That's an offset of 127 tonnes of CO2 annually; the equivalent to taking 37 petrol cars off the road. It is more than the current annual consumption of the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine (112MW.)
Income provided to Energy Innovation Co-op by the sale of electricity to Parks Victoria will further support community groups to install renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, helping them cut power bills and reduce carbon emissions.
It is through many small donations, as well as bequests and funding from partners that enable the BCCF to build its reserves to a sustainable level allowing it to get behind social enterprises like the Energy Innovation Cooperative.
Applications are now open for the Bass Coast Community Foundation's Tertiary Support Program in 2019.
This program offers financial support for students enrolling in their Second Year of Tertiary Study, who are residents of Bass Coast Shire, and who are undertaking a course at a recognised Australian tertiary institution in 2019.
More information, Program Guidelines and an Application Form can be found on the Grants page of the Foundation's website: www.bccf.org.au.
Applications close on Friday 18 January 2019.
Applications are now open for the Bass Coast Community Foundation's Performance Awards in 2019.
These Awards are for secondary school students from the Bass Coast region, with a demonstrated talent in their performance discipline and who intend to move away in 2019 to pursue tertiary study or other training/development activities in the performing arts with a view to progressing to a professional career.
Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 5 October 2018.
More details can be found on the application form which can be downloaded here:
Talented local performers Jake Amy (left) and Anthony Foon (right) are just two of the performers to appear at the Bass Coast Community Foundation's Gala Evening at 7 pm on Friday, 31 August 2018 at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. be performing on the night.
Vocalist and composer, Hannah McKittrick will perform at the 2018 BCCF Gala Evening at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday, 31 August.
Hannah is currently completing an Honours Course in Contemporary Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, writing her debut jazz album, and appearing with the neo soul/alternative art folk band "Hoi Polloi".
She is looking forward to performing in Wonthaggi to help the Bass Coast Community Foundation raise funds for the Performance Awards and other education support programs.
Last week well known young Wonthaggi pianist Josh Hooke left for Europe for a master class with eminent pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, and then travelled on to the Netherlands to perform in concerts.
He will then return to Wonthaggi to perform at the Bass Coast Community Foundation Gala Evening on Friday August 31 at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.
Josh is an award winning classical pianist who studied at Wonthaggi Secondary College and he is now working on his PhD in music performance at Melbourne University.
The first of his many awards was a Performance Award from Bass Coast Community Foundation. Years of further study have seen this talented musician go on to win a number of prestigious music awards including the Premier’s Award for Music. He has performed at concerts in Melbourne and attended master classes in Australia and overseas.
Tickets are now on sale for the Foundation's Gala Evening at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre at 7 pm on Friday, 31 August 2018.
This event will be an opportunity to see and hear some of the outstanding young local performers who have been supported by the Foundation's Performance Awards. There will also be presentations by inspiring local students who have benefited from the Foundation's educational support programs, local community groups that have received grants, and performances by students from the Wonthaggi Secondary College, Newhaven College and Mary Mackillop Catholic Regional College.
Supper and drinks will be available in the foyer after the performances and presentations.
This event will help raise funds to ensure that the Foundation can continue its work for the Bass Coast community.
Local identity Vivian Reith and her family have recently established the Vivian Docking Reith Fund with the Bass Coast Community Foundation.
The fund establishes a legacy that reflects Viv’s approach to “family”. For her, it has never ended with just the bloodlines but goes far beyond. Her empathetic and practical support has resulted in her wisdom, laughter and love touching many families.
Viv had a long career in early childhood development, graduating as dux of the Victorian Kindergarten Teacher’s College in the 1930’s. She then worked in kindergarten services and with children with disabilities.
The Vivian Docking Reith Fund administered by the Bass Coast Foundation has been set up to help young families get opportunities they may not have otherwise been able to access.
Viv says: “I was keen to participate and partner with the Bass Coast Community Foundation as I understand the power of someone taking an interest - it can often turn people’s lives around when they know someone believes in them.”
If you would like to contribute to this fund you can make an online donation indicating that it is to support the Vivian Docking Reith Fund. All donations are tax deductible.
This is the seventh Named Fund the Bass Coast Community Foundation has created for individuals or groups wishing to direct their philanthropic donations to specific local issues. Foundation Chairman Martin Keogh says:
“We look forward to working with Vivian, and her family, to create opportunities for families.”
“By choosing to work with the Foundation, Vivian is assured that she will be providing support for families in the Bass Coast area forever, as we distribute only the earnings on her donation, rather than the donation itself. In 100 years and beyond, Vivian’s donation will still be making a difference.”
“We welcome enquiries from other people or organisations who may want to partner with BCCF - to make such enquiries contact the Foundation’s Executive Officer, David Wall, at email@example.com or phone (03) 5672 2202 on Mondays".